Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) deal to pay royalties on its Android devices to Microsoft (MSFT -0.4%) is...

|About: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SSNLF)|By:, SA News Editor

Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) deal to pay royalties on its Android devices to Microsoft (MSFT -0.4%) is bad news for Google's (GOOG -2%) mobile strategy because it means Android is no longer free, according to Heard On The Street. Now it becomes harder for others to get away without paying, and it narrows the effective price gap with operating systems like Windows Phone.